Dead People You Should Know : Freddie Mercury

The King of Rock

Farrokh Bulsara, known professionally as Freddie Mercury, was a British singer, songwriter, and producer, best known as the lead vocalist of the rock band Queen. Born on September 5th, 1946, he was known for his flamboyant stage persona and four-octave vocal range.

Freddie had an amazing career with the band and released amazing music. Some of the songs are Bohemian Rhapsody, Crazy Little Thing Called Love, Who Wants to Live Forever, and Fat Bottomed Girls. Freddie has a 4 octave vocal range, and recorded most of the audio for Bohemian Rhapsody himself singing different parts and putting them together.

He designed the Queen emblem himself, thanks to his degree in art and graphic design from Ealing Art College. Freddie’s favorite artists were Aretha Franklin, and Jimi Hendrix. He also recorded and performed a few songs with the king of pop himself Michael Jackson.

Freddie, along with the other members of Queen, was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2001. ‘Mr. Bad Guy’ was his first solo album which contained 11 songs all written by him. He dedicated that album to “My cat Jerry - also Tom, Oscar, and Tiffany, and all the cat lovers across the universe - screw everybody else.” The album debuted in the Top 10 in the UK album charts and remained in the charts for 23 weeks. Its highest position was number 6 and reached gold status.

Freddie received a posthumous BRIT Award for Outstanding Contribution in 1992, listed number 18 on Rolling Stone’s 100 Greatest Singers of All Time in 2009, and voted Best Rock Singer of All Time by Classic Rock in 2009.

According to almost everyone who knew him, Mercury was a cat person. At one time he had 6 cats and treated them as if they were family. While he was on tour, he would call the house and make them put the phone up to the cats ears to let them hear his voice.

Freddie unfortunately died of AIDS on November 24th, 1991. He didn’t release to anyone that he had aids until 1 day before his death. He didn't want the world to worry about his health, he wanted them to focus on his music.

Freddie was a great person and an amazing singer who should’ve got more time than he did. None the less he made a huge impact on society and his music will continue to live on forever.

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